Thiruni Kelegama

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  • Impossible Devolution? The Failure of Power-Sharing Attempts in Sri Lanka

    The concept of a ‘primordial homeland’ has been at the centre of Sri Lanka’s armed struggle, in which both Sinhalese and Tamil nationalisms have used claims of ancient and ethnically determined territories to justify their right to self-determination, territorial sovereignty and armed struggle.

    May 2015

    Sri Lanka and the Defeat of the LTTE by K.M. de Silva

    The story of post-colonial Sri Lanka is, in large part, the story of how two groups have interlaced and, in the process, engaged in a 30-year war which saw its end in 2009. In Sri Lanka and the Defeat of the LTTE, K.M. de Silva addresses the history of ethnic tension in Sri Lanka, and presents a case study of the emergence, maturation and eventual collapse of the terrorist organisation the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE).

    May 2013

    “We do not need to be told. We do not need to be taught”: Sri Lanka at the 22nd UNHRC, Geneva

    This year, India needs to be reminded that the situation in Sri Lanka has drastically deteriorated: the GoSL has weakened democracy, dismantled the judiciary and not followed through on any of the areas of reform that were called for last year.

    March 01, 2013

    The UN Internal Review Panel Report and Sri Lanka’s Urgent Need for Accountability

    With the release of the United Nations Internal Review Panel Report in November 2012, the deteriorating human rights situation in Sri Lanka has once again captured the attention of the world.

    January 09, 2013